Discovery IPA (8.5 Litres)
Imagine if Christopher Columbus’ exploring prowess extended to brewing. Chances are he would have toasted his discovery of the Americas with an IPA to acknowledge his bold undertaking. Our Recipe of the Month is a nod to the intrepid seafaring explorer with an American-inspired IPA dubbed Discovery IPA. Thanks to the abundance of American Columbus and Centennial hop varieties, this beautiful India Pale Ale is awash with bold citrus, spice and floral notes, along with a shipload of malty flavours and a spicy, bitter finish. Columbus would undoubtedly agree — our American-inspired Discovery IPA is definitely worth discovering.
- 1 x 1.3kg Mr Beer Long Play IPA
- 2 x 250g Mr Beer Unhopped Malt Extract - Pale
- 1 x 25g Columbus Hop Pellets
- 1 x 25g Centennial Hop Pellets
- 1 x 11.5g Safale US-05 Dry Yeast
- Dextrose Corn Sugar
- Colour: Deep Gold
- Body: Medium/High
- Bitterness: High
- Approx. Alcohol Level: 7.2% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated: Natural
Step 1 : Mix
Clean and sanitise all equipment that will come in contact with the brew. Bring the contents of a 250g Unhopped Malt Extract to the boil in 3 litres of water. Add approx. ½ of both the Columbus and Centennial Hop Pellets and boil for 10mins. Remove from the heat and set the pot in a cold/ice water bath to cool. Strain the malt/hop liquid into the Fermenting Vessel (FV). Add the contents of the Long Play IPA and the remaining Unhopped Malt Extract to the FV (no need to stir). Fill the FV with cold water to the 8.5 litre mark. Sprinkle the US-05 and Long Play IPA yeast then fit the lid.
Step 2 : Brew
Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment at 18C. Fermentation should take 10 to 14 days. At about day 10 or once the foam has died down (whichever comes first), add the remaining hop pellets - we recommend wrapping them in a mesh cleaning cloth, pulled straight from the wrapper. A couple of days later, check the specific gravity (SG). Check the SG again the following day and so on.
Step 3 : Bottle
The brew is ready once the SG has stabilised over a couple of days, expect about 1008 to 1012. Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top. Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (only one drop per bottle may be preferred). Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.
Step 4 : Enjoy
After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the bottles. Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age. When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright. The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind. Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 7.2% ABV.